Has the U.S. educational system deteriorated to the point that parents should choose homeschooling if they wish to fight for their children’s future? This e-book is intended to help parents explore both the nature of current U.S. educational problems and the option to homeschool their children.
A number of different forces now threaten the value of the U.S. K-12 educational system. Parents need to assess whether the degree of the threats is such that they need to pursue educational alternatives for their children. This e-book will explore three different types of threats.
* The toxic K-12 culture has resulted in an educational environment that “dumbs down” the curriculum. Instead of celebrating intellectual and analytical development, many schools now hold “Challenge Day.” (Readers may remember the controversial, emotional group-therapy “program” from the 1970s and 1980s called EST — Erhard Seminars Training. Is “Challenge Day” a kinder type of EST program?)
* Common Core is a national template that not only affects many states, but could even impact homeschooling.
* Parents that wish to encourage educational reform must understand the ways in which powerful teachers’ unions work to prevent reform.
The key issue for many parents: given these threats, what actions should they take? Should parents fight for school reform, charter schools, “Parent Trigger,” vouchers, and other mechanisms that may not take effect until long after their children leave school? For parents with children currently in or about to enter today’s U.S. educational environment, the choice is not whether or not to fight for a better system, but whether homeschooling is the right choice for right now. Parents must struggle with two core questions: “Is the school system really that bad?” and “Do I have the skills, energy, knowledge, and patience to homeschool?”
You should know that you are not alone, and that parents before you have already been down this road. As you read this e-book, you will learn about the personal journey of homeschooler Paula Bolyard, and how she dealt with the challenges and questions.